Monday, July 31, 2006

MEET THE PRESIDENT:multicultural garden party at the Áras an Uachtaráin - the official residence of the President of Ireland

The Áras an Uachtaráin - the official residence of the President of Ireland

It has been a while that President of Ireland, Marry McAleese played host to 'New Irish' at her official residence. The day was Friday, June 14, with excellent sun in the sky. There was good gathering, around 400-500 people from every community. Although most of them (around 80%) were from african continent... and five from Sikh Community! Like Everybody else, we also reached Cross car park in Phenix park, where buses were waiting to take 'guests' to president's residence. As we reached president's residence (hardly 2mitues drive), President and her husband received all the guest on one to one basis and exchanged 'pleasentries' with visiting dignitaries! :)

(LtoR) Bhai Harpreet Singh, Dr Martin McAcleese, President McAleese, Bibi Jaskiran Kaur and me. Bibi Jaskiran Kaur presented flowers to President while we all posed for this important pic!

Me and Bhai Harpreet Singh in The Francini Corridor.

Person who were guiding us through President's residence explained so about this .....all i can say now is this very rare and precious object!

This is State Dining Room, which was built in 1849 for a visit by Queen Victoria. The table, u see was made in 1927 and brought to this place in 1960. The Very first meeting of new Governments is usually held around this table after Ministers have received their Seals of Office from the President. Also, all the visiting dignitaries held their discussion with president in this room!

This is Council of State Room. The furniture in this room is replicas of Louis XIV furniture. The painting you see on the top is of the first meeting of the Council of State, the President’s advisory body, presided over by Douglas Hyde in 1940 and is by Simon Coleman RHA. The other oil paintings in this room are 18th and 19th century landscapes on loan from the National Gallery of Ireland.

Kids Entertainers! Keeping kids busy by painiting their faces with coulours.

Photo with some members of Singing group . Their performance was simply awesome!
This Gentleman from some east european country(forget name) was too impressed with Sikhi Saroop that decided to have photograph with us! amazing isn't!

Bibi Jaskiran Kaur having talk with a member of Musical band. While enjoying straberries (see right hand!)

I forgot this group's name, but their singing coordination was amazing, their voices varied as if they were being remote controlled!

African dancers - Good performance too! Majrity of people present there were from African continent.


Maike said...

This tea-party looks very impressive to me (especially the picture with you and bhai harpreet sitting on that couch). Nice you were all invited.
Hope everything is going well in Dublins Sikh community!

Harkiran said...

looking smart Veerjee in tie and coat!:) Best of luck Gurfatehjee :)